Swedish EV company wants Australian manufacturers to help ‘eliminate every single emission’ in its supply chain

Australian researchers and businesses have been invited to be a part of a moonshot project led by electric vehicle company Polestar, which aims to launch a “truly climate-neutral” car for release in 2030. 

The Swedish auto company announced its Polestar 0 project in April last year, and this week it is seeking expressions of interest from entities wanting to contribute. The project involves an EV made and delivered while creating zero greenhouse gas emissions — from mining to production to logistics and elsewhere — and using no offsets.

The company explains on its website that to be successful, “we must find, and eliminate, every single CO2e emission linked to our supply chain.” 

“Vehicles are not produced sustainably today but by addressing the challenge of climate change through the supply chain we can be part of the solution,” said Samantha Johnson, the Australian managing director of Polestar.

“We know that Australia is home to some of the best innovative minds and businesses, manufacturing high-quality products that are competitive on the world stage. We are seeking their input.”

Melbourne company STEDI is a supplier to Polestar, with its high-quality LED lights featuring in the Polestar 2 Arctic Circle model (pictured.)

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has amplified Polestar’s request for Australian thinkers and doers who might be able to contribute to the project, which would consider “all manner of proposals” whether currently in existence or the early stages of development.

Dr Jens Goennemann of the AMGC said the EV company’s attention to emissions throughout its value chain as well as its Australian outreach.

 “Australian manufacturers have a long history of developing, commercialising, and exporting high-quality and complex items,” said Goennemann.

“This initiative gives Australian manufacturers a unique opportunity to get in at the ground floor into a global market and to be part of a bold collaborative program.” 

Polestar put out an open call for collaborators this week, and has attracted letters of intent on the project from SSAB – which aims to have the world’s first fossil-free steel on the market by 2026 – ZKW, Autoliv, and ZF. 

Applications can be made at this link and will be accepted until March 23.

Picture: www.autoweek.com

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